My trip to Esperance was a whirl. The flight in was rough and as we jostled along into descent I calmed my nerves by thinking about Lake Windabout. ‘
The flight was late coming in and there was only a short window of light before dusk. I headed to the lake from the airport to a find about a dozen pelicans. The water was pewter in fading light. The pelicans, a beautiful contrast.
I like reading about the symbolism of birds. I thought is was interesting that the only birds I saw this time (other than persistent photo bombing seagulls), were pelicans.
Pelicans are collaborative birds who work to the other’s strengths and skills. They herd fish and share the bounty.
It’s interesting because at the end of a challenging two day clinic, a colleague sent me a TED talk link. We both work well together. And, we do because we work collaboratively. There’s strength in this, another symbolic feature of a pelican.
Interestingly, my business slogan is: “Working collaboratively, works best”.
If the pelicans were there to ‘speak’ to me symbolically. All I can say is, copy that!
Until next time
a dawn bird
Born at dawn, I wake at dawn each day. When I’m not home the last thing I do before I go to bed is check the time for first light and sunrise. I then set my clock to five minutes before. I can’t think of one reason why I should stay in bed, when this is outside my hotel room in Esperance.At home one of my pet peeves is turning on the light when it is still dark in the home. I love the quiet moment of ambivalence of darkness before light. I sit and enjoy my coffee while the shadows take shape. As I sipped my coffee I inhaled the unmistakable breathtaking perfume of jasmine. To my left, just beyond the patio, I caught a glimpse of white. The light scatter of petals will be a dense carpet soon.As I walked around a garden, cooled by the sprinklers overnight, my eyes were drawn to new growth. My heart space has taught me, the freshest growth is where the plant is pruned the harshest. A take away message today for me.Nature has taught me to seek an ebullient moment, at least once each day. If you’ve ever watched birds early morning, you’ll know where the teaching came from.I often photograph surfers early morning in Esperance. Surfers walk into the water to be one with it, whereas I, a non-swimmer, stand away from the roiling waves in awe. The draw to the sea, the fear and fascination, that pull from one to the other is inexplicable. Much like a surfer, I surrender to joy of seduction, when I’m in that moment of play.
May you too wake seeking a moment like this, each day.
Until next time
a dawn bird